Sprucing up the Sidewalk of Stars

By Michelle Costanza

May 9, 2014 Updated May 9, 2014 at 11:47 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Residents are asking why Binghamton's Sidewalk of Stars has been left to crumble, and are looking to make improvements.

At its start two decades ago, the walk featured shiny bronze stars honoring some of the city's most acclaimed native-born artists, from Rod Serling to actresses and composers alike.

But the sparkle has worn off and the concrete is crumbling, leaving some to go as far as calling it "the walk of shame."

"Its a mess, it has to be cleaned up" said Barry Blakeslee of Johnson City.

Blakeslee organized a weekend cleanup in an effort to bring the walk back up to par.

Butch Skeene, vocalist of Butch Skeene and the 2nd Edition, was a good friend of Blakslee's. When Skeene passed away in January, Blakeslee attempted to add a star to the walk for the musician. However, the committee who oversaw the walk had since fallen to the wayside.

"There is no committee anymore. The idea is to spearhead an interest in the community to get behind it and get it going again," said Blakeslee of the cleanup.

Several local groups are planning to take part in the community event including the Gorgeous Washington Street Association, Phi Kappa Alfa Fraternity, Cool 106.7, Kovarik's True Value, and others.

The cleanup will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 10 at the Metrocenter, and all are welcome to join.

There will also be a Celebration of Life for Butch Skeene at the Holiday Inn Arena on May 10th from 1 p.m. through 8 p.m. Proceeds from this event will go toward the $2,100 needed to place a star on the sidewalk honoring Skeene.